Pilgrimage to Italy – July 27, 2025

Jubilee 2025 | Rome | Assisi | Orvieto

Visit a place where saints healed the sick, grew the faith, and the True Presence of Christ is witnessed in Eucharistic Miracles that point to Christ’s teachings on the Eucharist on this Jubilee Year pilgrimage.
Celebrate the Jubilee of Hope
Date:
7/27/2025
Duration:
10 Days
Departure:
Chicago
Activity Level:
Level 3 - Challenging
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Activity Level 3 - Challenging
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$4,800
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | July 27 | Depart Chicago

Our pilgrimage begins today as we depart on our overnight flight to Rome. Meals and refreshments will be served aloft.

Day 2 | July 28 | Arrive Rome / Orvieto / Assisi

After our morning arrival in the “Eternal City,” we will be met at the airport by our tour manager, who will be accompanying us throughout the duration of our pilgrimage. Drive north to Orvieto, a walled town high on a hill that holds one of the greatest Eucharistic Miracles in its cathedral. In nearby Bolsena, a priest doubted the Eucharistic Presence during Mass and the host turned to real flesh and the wine to real blood during the consecration. The priest brought the blood-stained Corporal to Pope Urban in Orvieto, and it is now kept in a special reliquary for the faithful to view (when exposed). After venerating the sacred Eucharistic miracle, proceed to Assisi, a town that welcomes us in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare into its peaceful interior, and our home for the next three nights. (D, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 3 | July 29 | Assisi

We begin our day in the heart of Assisi in the Shrine of Renunciation within St. Mary Major church. This shrine was built to commemorate the spot where St. Francis renounced his wealth and family and began his life of poverty and service to the Lord. It is now where the tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis lies. Bl. Carlo – the first millennial saint – dedicated part of his short life to cataloging Eucharistic Miracles from around the world. After venerating his resting place, journey to the Basilica of St. Francis to venerate this saint’s burial place. Afterwards is the Basilica of St. Clare, which holds the famous San Damiano Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis, and where the golden locks of St. Clare’s hair and St. Francis’ poor patched tunic are kept. The remainder of the day will be free for personal prayer and activities. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 4 | July 30 | Assisi

Witness where the power of the Eucharist turned away an army. The invading Saracen army was about to attack the Convent of San Damiano where St. Clare lived with her nuns in 1241. Even though bed-ridden, St. Clare got up and held the Blessed Sacrament in the air and saw the advancing army flee in terror establishing “The Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi.” Also in the convent, we will visit the chapel where Jesus spoke to St. Francis from the crucifix, then proceed to the valley below. Here we will visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, site of the Porziuncola, the tiny church in the woods where St. Francis began his ministry and where St. Clare began her religious life. This afternoon we will travel up Mt. Subasio to L’Eremo delle Carceri (the Carceri Hermitage), St. Francis’ favorite retreat center, where he could remain in seclusion and prayer. Enjoy some personal prayer time in this peaceful location before descending back into Assisi for the evening. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 5 | July 31 | Assisi / Greccio / Rome

This morning, we will depart Assisi and journey south, stopping in the medieval town of Greccio. Greccio itself, set on a beautiful mountaintop, is famous for its cool summer climate and its mineral springs. However, it is even more renowned for its connections with St. Francis of Assisi and as the birthplace of the Christmas crèche. On Christmas Night 1223, St. Francis led shepherds to the top of a nearby hill where they gathered in a stable sheltering an ox and a donkey. According to legend, the Baby Jesus miraculously appeared in the manger. On this spot the Franciscan convent of Greccio was built, and the Chapel of the Crib was erected in 1228, the year St. Francis was canonized. Continue to Rome to check into our hotel with the afternoon free to begin exploring the city. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 6 | August 1 | Rome

Pending the schedule (yet to be released): participate in Jubilee activities through Sunday, August 3. The days in Rome are purposefully not jam-packed to make room for these anticipated activities. The days/activities in Rome may be rearranged to participate in these activities.

Our day today is filled with wonder and awe as we steep ourselves in the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica, including walking through the Holy Doors. We then tour the Vatican Museum that hosts artifacts from around the world, some of the greatest depictions of the Eucharist in art, papal apartments, hand-woven intricate tapestries, and the stunning hallway of maps from the 1500s. The most famous ceiling in the world awaits us inside the Sistine Chapel. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 7 | August 2 | Rome

The Scala Santa, or Holy Stairs, are prayed this morning by climbing them on your knees because they are so sacred. Christ walked on these 28 marble stairs at the home of Pontius Pilate to be condemned to death. For those who cannot climb the stairs on their knees there are other stairs available for walking up that also lead to the chapel at the top. Our prayerful experience continues with a visit to St. John Lateran, the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic faithful and the oldest basilica in Europe. Walk through our second set of Holy doors. At St. Mary Major we venerate the crib of Christ, view the famous icon painting attributed to St. Luke, and see inestimable artwork that makes Rome renowned throughout the world. We also walk through our third set of Holy Doors before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 8 | August 3 | Rome

Pending the schedule from the Vatican – Join thousands of other youth from around the world at Mass in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis in celebration of the Jubilee of Youth.
This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of some of Rome’s famous cultural sites, including the Colosseum and Forum, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 9 | August 4 | Rome

We begin this morning at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, originally built by Constantine in the fourth century over the site of St. Paul’s tomb. Prayerfully walk through the last set of Holy Doors on this pilgrimage. We then descend into the lives of the martyrs as we visit the Catacombs. Here Christians celebrated the Mass in secret and buried the martyrs, including several popes. Afterwards, we will have free time to continue exploring at leisure, before our celebratory farewell dinner this evening. (B, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 10 | August 5 | Rome / Chicago

Today we say Ciao to Italia and return home, cherishing all the wonderful memories and graces of this pilgrimage.

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What's Included

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$3,900
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$750
Gratuities:
$150
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: Pricing is estimated. Air taxes/fuel surcharges and gratuities are subject to change and will be updated on the final invoice. The final invoice will be emailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure.
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Testimonials

Read what other pilgrims have shared about their experiences with Tekton Ministries.
You can view more testimonials here.
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"Celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. Francis, my confirmation saint, was an incredible gift. As our pilgrimage continued, I was drawn into each and every altar and chapel that Mass was celebrated, but the uniqueness of that place was memorable."
Fr. Steven M.Pilgrim from Lincoln, NE
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"The planned itinerary and the professionalism of the Tekton staff made it obvious that the company was highly experienced with great attention to detail."
Lou D. Pilgrim from Papillion, NE
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"The people I was with were so kind and devout, as were all of the people we saw praying, our guide, and our leader. The churches we saw and the countryside we drove through were an experience. If I had to choose one site that was special, I believe it would be the site of the First Eucharistic Miracle at Lanciano. We know that Christ is present in the Eucharist, but I cannot fathom what that means. However, seeing Christ's Body and Blood took my receiving the Sacrament to a new level. Our guide was amazing. Her knowledge of Italy, passion for Italy, and devout Faith was an inspiration.

I cannot fully relate this experience in words! Thank You."
Tom H.Pilgrim from Adams, NE